I am writing this letter on behalf of Rolande Sumner who recently spoke at Anderson School District One’s Induction Teacher Seminar. This is not the first time Ms. Sumner has worked with our teachers. We have brought her back because the message she brings is vital to having a successful school year both physically and mentally.
She talks to the induction teachers about respect, adversity, truthfulness, self-help, and dignity among other things. She lets the teachers know that teaching is not easy; that you have challenges daily, then gives them coping strategies to deal with the situations. Through a message of love, she brings confidence to all of them. Her presentation is high energy and full of crowd participation.
We will continue to use Rolande Sumner to work with our induction teachers as well the other teachers in our district. Having someone like Ms. Sumner work with us is a natural lift. She empowers our teachers and they leave feeling ready for the students and parents.
I would highly recommend Ms. Sumner for any program dealing with teachers and students. She is a forceful and dynamic speaker and truly an inspiration to all of those who hear her message.
Anderson School District 1
Company A FSC 178 Engineer Battalion South Carolina Army National Guard. I believe we met in 2006. Great NCO, Human Resource Manager and person. Never had issues with payroll, and kept the company informed of any unforeseen issues. We were never left in the dark about anything. If an issue aroused, it was handled quickly. She did more than what was needed to get the job done. A constant mentor, even when you least expected it. Need ten thousand more of her.
I’ve known Rolande for the past few years; she is a caring, well organized, and creative person. A few months back, I co-organized a dinner for International Women’s Day. Rolande was on the panel along with 3 other women to discuss the struggles and achievements of being a woman in business. She talked about her experiences and gave great advice to the attendees. Rolande is very knowledgeable and inspirational.
Before working with Rolande, I was frustrated with no one to really listen and provide objective feedback. After my first few sessions, I learned how to think through the noise in my mind; that I truly knew what I wanted to do. She helped me modify my thinking so I would doubt myself less and instead take action. I learned it was okay to make shifts in the plan and not to feel insecure about it. My time with Rolande resulted in a laid-out plan, peace of mind in the process (journey) and confidence in my decision making.
Working with Rolande has been life changing. Her professionalism and compassion is amazing. She has supported me through each step I take.
Thank you to my fellow Veteran Rolande S Sumner for helping me clarify a few goals. You coached me right into some actionable items that just needed clarity and boundaries. I appreciate you! You got me where I needed to be by framing up great questions and listening for what was left unsaid!
Rolande’s professionalism and dedication to assisting me in reaching my goals was evident within minutes. With her guidance, I have begun the process of sorting out my dilemma and taking immediate steps toward my desired direction. I am one who understands that even coaches need a coach and I am glad to have Rolande on my team.
Rolande S Sumner is on a mission to help women veterans in their entrepreneurial pursuits. Rolande is kind, full of useful information, and genuinely wants to be of service. I wholeheartedly recommend her group to women veteran entrepreneurs.